India wants stronger university ties !!

India wants to have a 'stronger' collaboration with Bangladesh's public and private universities in the field of science, technology and innovation, its envoy says.

Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran expressed the interest when he called on University Grants Commission's (UGC) Chairman Prof A K Azad Chowdhury on Tuesday.

According to a UGC media release, they agreed to introduce exchange visit of Vice-Chancellors and increase the number of fellowships, scholarships in Masters and Ph.D programme for Bangladeshi students at Indian universities.

The high commissioner also offered to make arrangements so that funds are available for higher education from the Tk 5 billion aid money earmarked for small projects in Bangladesh.

He called for active collaboration and participation of Bangladesh in the newly established Nalanda University in India.

UGC Chairman assured the envoy of extending 'all out cooperation' in the collaborative efforts.

He also drew the envoy's attention to setting up of a 'Bangladesh Bhaban' in Shanti Niiketon as part of collaboration and cultural exchange initiatives.

The envoy extolled Bangladesh's progress in the education sector, according to the media release.
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